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FB 8/24 Saturday Morning QB: Hoosier Heritage Conference roundup

August 25, 2012
By Andrew Smith of Hancock County Sports

The preseason is done. Now, it's time for conference play! Five HHC teams won their games Friday, and one thing that's pretty well settled is the league once again had a solid run against the North Central Conference. HHC teams went 6-1 against NCC competition this year. However, they were just 2-7 against other foes. Pendleton Heights, Mt. Vernon, New Palestine and Rushville all vanquished NCC foes on Friday night. Yorktown was the league's other winner.

Pendleton Heights is 2-0, Shelbyville is 0-2, everyone else is 1-1 after the non-conference slate.

Now, we turn our eyes to the HHC games, and there's a huge one coming up -- New Palestine at Pendleton Heights next Friday in a rematch of last year's Sectional 13 title game. It also pits the teams who were 1-2 in the HHC last season. Both have had much different looks this year, but they still will be in the mix for the conference title once again. The Helmet trophy -- currently in New Palestine's possession -- will also be on the line.

Mt. Vernon looked solid Friday night and will also be in the conversation. We don't make predictions here, but we can venture that the league will be extremely competitive, with any one of five teams having a realistic shot at carrying home a blue shadow box at the end of the year.

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Mt. Vernon 42, Marion 22: The Marauders looked more than solid in running up a 28-0 halftime lead and a 42-6 third-quarter lead. Tyler Dicks ran for 99 yards and two TDs in the second half and 126 overall. Anthony Burnett finished with 83 rushing yard and 33 receiving yards, scoring a touchdown both on the ground and through the air. MV gained 355 yards of total offense. Marion scored 16 fourth-quarter points, led by Shannon Fouce's 131 yards and three TDs. Cody Baker led a Marauder defense that was stingy for the game's first three quarters. Alec Lohman also forced a turnover with an interception. MV looks solid heading into HHC play. Archived webcast | HCS roundup | Daily Reporter (subscription only)

New Palestine 28, Richmond 6: Matt Siergiej ran for a career-high 204 yards -- his second straight 100+-yard game -- and the Dragons' defense was stout in the victory. The defense scored a TD with Jackson Taylor's fumble return, and also had a goal-line stand in the third quarter that made a two-score lead stand up. Like their counterparts to the north, NP scored three times in a nine-minute span of the second quarter to take a lead into halftime. HCS roundup | Richmond Palladium-Item | Daily Reporter (subscription only)

Lebanon 34, Greenfield-Central 14: The Cougars fell behind early and saw Lebanon pull away in the second half to send G-C into conference play 1-1 for the second straight year. G-C opens conference play against Delta, a team the Cougars have been extremely competitive with in recent years -- although Delta has won each matchup. A win could launch a solid season for the Cougars, who are looking for their third straight winning record. Lebanon led 14-0 at the end of a quarter and never looked back. The offensive highlight for G-C was a 67-yard TD pass to Brant Boles-Lattimore. HCS roundup | Lebanon Reporter | Daily Reporter (subscription only)

Pendleton Heights 44, Anderson 21: The Arabians are now the lone unbeaten team in the HHC, as the Arabians swept through Muncie Central and Anderson. QB Jesse Furrow threw a 76-yard TD pass to Kurt Talbert and Jon Furrow had a career night, scoring five touchdowns and kicked a field goal. He also kicked five extra points. Furrow ran for 127 yards. PH opens conference play at home next week in a matchup of defending champions: sectional champion Arabians against conference champion New Palestine in a game broadcast right here. Anderson Herald-Bulletin

Franklin 14, Shelbyville 7: Shelby got an early TD from Kyle Uhls -- a 90-yard run -- but the Golden Bears couldn't score while knocking on the door in the late stages to go to 0-2 on the season. Shelby's defense was solid in holding 5A Franklin to 14 points. Shelbyville News | Johnson County Daily Journal (subscribtion only)

Yorktown 52, Indianapolis Northwest 14: The Tigers scored 49 points in the first half and were never challenged in the victory. They've scored a bucketload of points in the first two weeks, going 1-1 in them, but will face a pretty stout defense from Mt. Vernon next week. It'll be a great matchup between the spread offense of Yorktown and the Marauders' defense, which has for the most part looked really solid so far, but has also faced ground-and-pound teams that run two-TE, three-back offenses. Chandler Carroll had 140 yards rushing, and Yorktown's QBs Riley Neal and Michael Lumpkin threw for 160. Muncie Star-Press

Carroll (Allen) 48, Delta 28: Delta rallied in the second half after Carroll pulled ahead 35-0 early. The Chargers forced five turnovers and scored two defensive touchdowns in the victory. Joseph Spegal had an 80-yard TD run for Delta.  Fort Wayne News-Sentinel | Muncie Star-Press

Rushville 41, New Castle 21: Impressive bounceback win for the Lions, who built a 21-7 halftime lead and snapped an eight-game skid dating back to last season.

+ next week's schedule

Delta 0-0/1-1. Next: vs. Greenfield-Central, 7:30 Broadcast: WRGF-89.7 (no stream available)

Greenfield-Central 0-0/1-1. Next: at Delta, 7:30. Broadcast: WRGF-89.7 (no stream available)

Mt. Vernon 0-0/1-1. Next: at Yorktown, 7:30. Webcast: Delaware County Voice

New Palestine 0-0/1-1. Next: at Pendleton Hts., 7:30. Webcast: Hancock County Sports

Pendleton Hts. 0-0/1-1. Next: vs. New Palestine, 7:30. Webcast: Hancock County Sports

Rushville 0-0/1-1. Next: vs. Shelbyville, 7:30. Webcast: WIFE, WSVX

Shelbyville 0-0/0-1. Next: at Rushville, 7:30. Webcast: WSVX

Yorktown 0-0/1-1. Next: vs. Mt. Vernon, 7:30. Webcast: Delaware County Voice

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